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Old 05-15-04, 08:46 AM
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South Africa to host 2010 World Cup

having decided to start rotating amongst the 5 continents, SA is the first african country to host the world cup



South Africa to host WC 2010


South Africa today won the contest to stage the 2010 World Cup.
The vote by FIFA's 24-man executive committee here in Zurich led to joyous celebrations from the South African bid delegation including former president Nelson Mandela.


South Africa beat off challenges from Morocco in the first round of voting to become the first nation from the continent to be awarded the World Cup.

The decision will heal the heartbreak suffered by the South Africans after they lost the vote to stage the 2006 tournament by a single vote to Germany.

It will also be welcomed by the home nations - Scotland's FIFA vice-president David Will voted for South Africa and the Football Association have close ties with the South African FA.

Morocco were South Africa's chief rivals but their bid had been damaged by a relatively-poor report from FIFA's inspection team.

The bidders had assembled teams of famous faces to back their claims to stage 2010. South Africa's line-up had Mandela, fellow Nobel peace prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk along with current president Thabo Mbeki.

Morocco had Spain's former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez and Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade plus statements of support from Real Madrid stars Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.

Egypt, who did not get a single vote, enlisted the support of film star Omar Sharif.

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Old 05-15-04, 08:47 AM
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After what happened in the 2006 vote, it was pretty obvious 2010 was going to go to South Africa one way or another.

Personally, I would've liked to have seen Morocco get it, especially with racist idiots like Mandela on board with South Africa.
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how is mandela racist?
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Old 05-15-04, 03:48 PM
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Re: South Africa to host 2010 World Cup

Originally posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
having decided to start rotating amongst the 5 continents, SA is the first african country to host the world cup

What? No love for Australia?
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... especially with racist idiots like Mandela on board with South Africa.
That's racist.
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